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Camping in this weather

  • 27-06-2018 2:05pm
    Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭

    Is it safe to camp in a tent in this weather with children?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,761 ✭✭✭Knine

    I'm just back from camping. While the days were warm, nights were cool so it was fine. Dublin area

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,663 ✭✭✭Rougies

    gandalfio wrote: »
    Is it safe to camp in a tent in this weather with children?

    What do you mean? You're not going to be in the tent all day so as long as there's some shade and maybe some water to cool down in during the day why would it be dangerous? Just use common sense, wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, don't swim in deep water and don't light fires.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,915 ✭✭✭✭JCX BXC

    How about with the door wide open?

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,005 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    Of course, once you take precautions.

    You will need daytime shade, other than the tent. The tent itself will only be of use in the evening and at night and must be very well ventilated, ideally open at both ends. As an adult, id be sleeping in the open on a ground sheet.

    You will need a large stock of water and somewhere shady to store it. Each person would need to be drinking a litre every two hours or so in these temperatures. Lots of high factor sunblock. Know the signs of dehydration and sun exposure and have a plan to act on them.

    Finally, check your cooking options. There may be a total ban on fires and barbecues where u are planning to go. Even if there isnt, use max precautions. Dig a shallow pit for stoves and barbecues and damp the earth. Clear away any loose dry grass and flora. Watch the flame and wind direction constantly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,685 ✭✭✭Mobhi1

    But the nights are getting warmer. What I remember of camping in fine weather at this time of year is to get out of the tent early before the sun becomes too intense. It gets very uncomfortable.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,435 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston

    The main problem this time of year is there's a very short period of darkness. We camped at Body and Soul just this past weekend, and it took about an hour post-sunset for the awning to cool down sufficiently to be comfortable (and the temps were a good bit lower last weekend than currently). Then once the sun is up, it's almost instantly going to start heating back up again.

    My advice would be to try and find a camping spot that provides morning shade, rather than evening shade, as it's far more unpleasant and dangerous to wake up in a boiling hot tent than to go to bed in one.